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'Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams', A Public Lecture by Charles King

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Charles King (Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University) comes to Cambridge to discuss his recent book, Odessa: Genius and Death in the City of Dreams, which won a 2011 National Jewish Book Award.

From charles-king.net:

‘Italian merchants, Greek freedom fighters, and Turkish seamen; a Russian empress and her favorite soldier-bureaucrats; Jewish tavern keepers, traders, and journalists—these and many others seeking fortune and adventure rubbed shoulders in Odessa, the greatest port on the Black Sea. Here a dream of freedom inspired geniuses and innovators, from Alexander Pushkin and Isaac Babel to Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky and immunologist Ilya Mechnikov. Yet here too was death on a staggering scale: not only the insidious plagues common to seaports but also the mass murder of Jews carried out by Romanian occupation forces during the Second World War. Drawing on a wealth of original source material, Odessa is an elegy for a vibrant, multicultural city as well as a celebration of the survival of Odessa’s dream in a diaspora reaching all the way to Israel and the United States.’

This talk is part of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Lecture Series series.

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